November 6th, 2012
12:09 AM ET

A tie for Obama and Romney in nation's first results

The first presidential election results are in - and it's a tie.

President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, each received five votes in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

The town in the state's northeast corner has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1960 - but today's tie was the first in its history.

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The result was unexpected, said town clerk Dick Erwin. The town has two registered Democrats, three Republicans and five independents.
"Considering the way things are polling around the country, we may have been the first tie of the day," said town clerk Dick Erwin, noting the national polls showing a virtual dead heat in the race. "Keep your eyes on the news reports, because it's going to be a wild ride."

The town, home to about a dozen residents, has drawn national media attention for being the first place in the country to make its presidential preferences known.

Unlike some parts of the country, election officials never have to worry about lack of interest.  Dixville Notch has had 100% voter turnout since it started its first-in-the-nation voting tradition.

Under New Hampshire voting law, a poling place can be closed once all registered voters have officially cast their ballots.  With all 10 registered voters on hand, the community had its tally shortly after midnight.

However, since 1996, another small New Hampshire town - Hart's Location - reinstated its practice from the 1940s and also began opening its polls at midnight.

The result there? Obama 23; Romney 9

The result in Dixville Notch is hardly a reliable bellwether for the eventual winner of the White House - or even the result statewide.

Although the community typically leans Republican, residents went for Obama in 2008 - the first time the majority of folks in Dixville Notch went for a Democrat in 40 years.

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soundoff (1,019 Responses)
  1. Go North young man,go north

    Hello Yanks.From the land that gave you Celine Dion,Justin Beiber, Nickleback and Captain Kirk.From the land of the loonie,twoonie and the timmy.From the land of the- frozen hockey puck to the crotch.From the land of THE IGLOO PARLIAMENT.I would like to express my everlasting admiration and amazement at your beautiful country and your people.We love you.NOW GET OUT AND VOTE!! ps;we are not socialist.Peace!

    November 6, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    What a quaint story, I wonder who Punxsutawney Phil voted for?

    November 6, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. 22

    I just voted forward!Put power behind your opinion,get out there and vote.Fired up! each one take one,call your neighbor,coworker,your family members,friends get out there and vote FORWARD with Obama.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Disgruntled

      What has gotten better for you to make such an idiotic statement? Nothing! Be careful what you wish for or you will get 4 more years of nothing again. 4 more years, same result. What promises has he kept? Close Gitmo, we are still there, out of Afghanistan, we are still there, etc, etc, etc.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • 757Matt

      That makes no sense. Forward, really? Is that because we have been going backward for the last 4 years?

      Johnson 2012!!!

      November 6, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • ForGoodOfAll

      Hi 22,
      Pay no attention to the grouchy Republican dinosaurs. I agree with your choice 100%, and I voted Obama/Biden and the full democratic ticket this morning in the swing state of PA. Obama will win. The numbers for the electoral college are strongly proving that! Have a great day!!

      November 6, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • TylerDurden

      O – M – G, I just voted for Obama and it was l, like, sooo totally awesome! I'm mean, ewww, Romney's face is, like, gross or whatever. Who would ever vote for him? My grandmother would, fow show! Vote FORWARD, not sideways, like my old grandmother!

      November 6, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Barry

    Might as well call off the whole election and not bother voting with this kind of result

    November 6, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. James

    CNN, I am really disappointed in you guys. I used to think you reported the truth but now I do not recognize you

    November 6, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. irunner

    My kind of town – Hart's Location is...

    November 6, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ztom

    So if there are 2 Dems, 3 Repubs, and 5 Independents, and both candidates received 5 votes, it must mean that independents are breaking for Obama.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • ForGoodOfAll

      Yes!!!!!!! :>)

      November 6, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Makeitstop

    Why are we hearing polling results before the polls are closed on the west coast? This is wrong!

    November 6, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Knotty Boy

      Why not? Its news. And Dixville Notch's results aren't going to change my vote one iota.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. halo117

    Unions in Nevada accused of registering illegal immigrants and then pressuring them to vote

    November 6, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. mimi

    i dont know why people blame one party for another? we have to think that this presidents have a lot to clean up it cant be done in 4 years neather in 8, so think people

    November 6, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ForGoodOfAll

      I certainly agree, mimi.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Today is the day that Romney takes the garbage out.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Tex71

      He does that every time he leaves the room. Watch for the repeat tonight.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Romny up

    Vote Romney

    November 6, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Until I read your post I was still undecided. But your passionate and well spoken argument has swayed me to vote for Romney. Thank you.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • ForGoodOfAll

      no way

      November 6, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. 5greatkids

    Glad they were able to vote. Philidelphia polling places have already kicked out 60 court appointed polling inspectors (republican) and are being "guarded" by the new black panthers. How corrupt can a city get?

    November 6, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tex71

    Independents breaking three to two for the President.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • dajakaty

      Actually the three voted for Romney, but the machine put it in as a vote for Obama.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Julia

    This story is adorable.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • ForGoodOfAll

      I agree. Reminds me of the town of Mayberry in the old Andy Griffith show of the 60's-70's.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
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